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Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry

impending

about to happen

despairing

Hopeless, despondent, discouraged

islet

a small island

atoll

an island consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon

purau

shrubby tree widely distributed along tropical shores; yields a light tough wood used for canoe outriggers and a fiber used for cordage and caulk; often cultivated for ornament

jibes

teasing, taunting, mocking

bonitos

a makerel-like fish

pandanus

a palmlike plant whose fibers are used for weaving

buoyant

able to float

dismal

depressing; causing gloom or misery; causing bad feelings

idly

Not working or active; doing nothing; lazily; without purpose or direction

slatted

cut into thin, narrow strips of material

ominous

giving the impression that something bad is going to happen

cachalot

sperm whale

ballast

heavy substance used to add stability or weight

scudded

moved swiftly and smoothly

sennit

a cord formed by braiding plant fibers

tumult

a state of commotion and noise and confusion

droned

to make a dull, continued, low, monotonous sound; hum; buzz.

quailing

fearful

impulse

sudden desire to do something

tantalizing

adj. provoking or arousing expectation, interest, or desire

gusto

eager enjoyment; zest; enthusiasm

giddy

dizzy; lightheaded

cauterize

burn (a wound or snakebite, etc.) with hot iron or caustic substance to stop bleeding and prevent infection

lianas

Rooted vines that grow up trunks of trees and hang off limbs to reach light in the upper canopy.

basalt

A dark, dense, igneous rock with a fine texture, found in oceanic crust

feat

an act or deed that shows daring, skill, or strength

adze

an ax-like tool used to cut and shape wood

taut

Pulled or drawn tight

extricated

to free or release from entanglement

irresolute

unable to make up one's mind, hesitating

lichens

small plants that consist of algae and fungi

deftly

quickly and skillfully

veritable

authentic; genuine

prodigious

immense; extraordinary in bulk, size, or degree

rip-tide

a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore

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